The Metallurgical and Materials Professional Engineering Examination: October 2015 and Beyond

JOM, Nov 2014

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The Metallurgical and Materials Professional Engineering Examination: October 2015 and Beyond

0 White , Burns, and Fourney - The metallurgical and materials version of the PE examination has undergone changes to examination changes to the metallurgical and materials PE examination Removal of foundation topics because these questions are more suitable for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination. Addition of questions incorporating engineering experience who are seeking licensure. The PE exam is administered by state licensure boards, which are provided the test instrument by the NCEES. The NCEES scores the examinations. The metallurgical and materials examination is developed by volunteer members of the TMS Professional Registration Committee. The committees responsibilities include serving as a liaison with the NCEES and preparing, writing, and reviewing items for the examination. TMS is the only materials professional society to have formal responsibility for of professional registration standards for the metallurgical and materials communities. Re-certification of the Metallurgical and Materials PE Examination Specification Every six to eight years, the TMS Professional Registration Committee undertakes a rigorous Professional Activity and Knowledge Study (PAKS). The PAKS of metallurgy and materials on what knowledge a PE candidate with four years of experience should have to protect public health, safety, and welfare. The results of the survey are tabulated and reviewed by a panel from the TMS Professional Registration Committee. The panel then advises the NCEES on the topics to be tested and the proportion of questions from each topic area. A comparison between the previous (2009) and the new (2015) metallurgical and materials PE examination following two pages. topics in red type will be eliminated in 2015. Although have been omitted as topics, these types of questions will probably be maintained in areas such as welding and corrosion, respectively. be a major emphasis on engineering standards and Table 1b also provides a detailed description of the new These changes go into effect with the October 2015 examination and may be maintained for the next six to eight years. These most recent changes in the examination reference list and exam study guide. Those planning to take the October 2015 examination should check the TMS website (www.tms.org/Education/PE/PE.aspx) for new test preparation material. Computer-Based Testing: A Future Change in the PE Examination Format Another expected change that will occur sometime in the near future is a change in examination format from pencil and paper to computer-based testing (CBT). The Fundamentals of Engineering examination went CBT in early 2014 and the NCEES has approved converting PE examinations to CBT format as early as 2015. However, the October 2015 metallurgical and materials PE examination will not be CBT. The TMS Professional Registration Committee is working closely with the NCEES on a CBT format for the metallurgical and materials community and NCEES and ABET Synergies degree from an educational institution with an ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (ABET/EAC) institutions that currently have metallurgical and materialsrelated ABET/EAC accredited programs.) Such a degree program provides state licensure boards with the guarantee that the candidate has the necessary education to qualify for engineering licensure. ABET, the governing body for engineering education in the United States, maintains criteria that educational institutions must satisfy to achieve Table Ia. 20092014 Examination Specification I. Fundamental Topics (33%/ ~ 2627 questions) 1. Confidence Intervals 2. Data Analysis 3. Application to Quality Control 4. Process Quality Control 1. Physical Chemistry 2. Phase Equilibria 3. Thermodynamics 4. Heat Transfer 5. Reaction Kinetics C. Mechanics of Materials (5%/ 4 questions) 1. Statics 2. Dynamics 1. Mass Balance 2. Heat Balances 3. Thermodynamics 4. Kinetics 5. Heat Transfer 6. Electrochemistry II. Structure and Properties (30%/ 24 questions) 1. Crystal Structure 2. Phase Diagrams 3. Solidification 4. Phase Transformations 5. Diffusion 6. Chemistry B. Mechanical Properties of Metals and Materials (10%/ 8 questions) 1. States of Stress 2. Strengthening Mechanisms 3. Cold Work and Annealing 4. Elastic/Plastic Deformation 5. Fracture Mechanics 6. Fatigue Analysis and Life Prediction 7. High Temperature Behavior 8. Mechanical Behavior of Composites C. Application and Specifications of Metals and Materials Selection (10%/ 8 questions) 1. Mechanical Performance 2. Chemical Resistance 3. Thermal Stability 4. Corrosion/Environmental Compatability 5. Temperature/Radiation or Other Environmental Compatabilities III. Processing (21%/ 1617 questions) 1. Ferrous Alloys 2. Nonferrous Alloys 3. Polymers, Ceramics and Glasses B. Surface Modification (5%/ 4 questions) 1. Diffusion Treatment 2. Coatings 3. Thermal Treatments C. Forming and Fabrication (9%/ 78 questions) 1. Joining 2. Casting 3. Bulk Forming 4. Powder Processing 5. Material Removal Processes IV. Performance (16%/ 1213 questions) A. Material Testing (8%/ 67 questions) 1. Mechanical Testing 2. Nondestructive Testing 3. Chemical Analysis Techniques 4. Metallography 5. Electron Microscopy 6. X-ray Diffraction Application/ Analysis 7. Environmental Test Methods B. Material Degradation (7%/ 56 questions) 1. Corrosion and Wear Mechanisms 2. High Temperature Oxidation 3. Embrittlement C. Waste Process Control and Environmental Impact (1%/ 01 questions) 1. Recycling and Alternative Materials to Reduce and Manage Hazardous Waste Areas in red type are not included on the 2015 examination specification. TMS Offers PE Exam Preparation Course Strengthen your confidence and preparation for the October 2015 Professional Engineering (PE) licensing examination. Plan now to enroll in the PE Examination Preparation Course offered by TMSthe first of its kind developed specifically for the metallurgical and materials version of the PE examination. Taught by instructors from both academia and industry, the course will take place in August 2015 at TMS headquarters in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. The TMS PE Examination Preparation Course will address a variety of approaches and methodologies, including design, analysis, application, and operations. It will also include refresher training on ferrous materials, light and nonferrous materials, ceramics, polymers, composites, and electronic materials. The specific knowledge areas covered in the course will reflect the October 2015 examination specifications. Updates and additional information on the course will be posted on the TMS website and published in future issues of JOM, as well as other TMS communications. Please note that because of its role in the development of the PE examination, the TMS Professional Registration Committee has no involvement with the development of this course. A. Crystal Structures of Metals, Ceramics, and Polymers B. Diffusion C. Fractography D. Materials Chemistry E. Metallography (Including Microstructural Standards & Specifications) F. Phase Diagrams A. Chemical Analysis Techniques B. Metallic & Nonmetallic Coatings C. High-Temperature Behavior (Thermal Stability) D. Low-Temperature and Cryogenic Behavior E. Materials Standards and Specifications F. Mechanical Behavior of Composites and Heterogeneous Material G. Physical Properties H. Routine & Specialized Mechanical Testing New areas in red type. Note the addition of standards and specifications in all specification areas Table Ib. Examination Specification Effective 2015 I. Structure (15%/12 questions) II. Properties (20%/16 questions) III. Processing (30%/24 questions) IV. Performance (35%/28 questions) accreditation. Accredited institutions are then re-evaluated every six years to make sure that their programs continue to satisfy these criteria. Within these criteria, there are a number of aspects related to licensure, including: An accredited engineering program has developed educational objectives or statements that describe what a student should be able to accomplish three to what needs to be accomplished to become a licensed professional engineer. An accredited engineering program has also formulated student outcomes or statements that describe what a student should know at or around the time of graduation. These generally relate to the skills and knowledge needed to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering examination. Several ABET/EAC accredited engineering programs use FE examination results to evaluate the extent to which their students have attained their student outcomes. Engineering programs must demonstrate continuous improvement as an ABET/EAC criterion for accreditation. Most state boards likewise require C. Coating Applications D. Cold Work and Annealing E. Diffusion Treatment (e.g. Carburization) F. Heat Transfer G. Heat Treatment and Thermal Treatments (e.g. Flame or Induction Hardening) H. Joining- Brazing and Soldering A. Corrosion Mechanisms B. Corrosion/ Environmental Compatibility C. Electrochemistry D. Environmental Test Methods E. Environmentally Assisted Cracking F. Failure Analysis G. Fatigue Analysis H. Fitness for Service, Life Prediction and Modeling, and Life Extension I. Fracture Mechanics J. High-Temperature Degradation and Temperature, Radiation and Other Environmental Compatibilities K. Mechanical Performance L. Nondestructive Testing M. Performance Standards and Specifications N. Statistical Quality Control Methods O. States of Stress P. Wear Mechanisms Table II. Universities/Institutions That Have ABET/EAC Metallurgical and Materials Related Accredited Programs Accreditation Dates Date of Next Review 1976Present 1996Present 1975Present 2005Present 1967Present 1971Present 1936Present 1936Present 1936Present 1951Present 1953Present 1942Present 1949Present 1999Present 1936Present 1936Present 1985Present 1965Present 1936Present 1937Present 1991Present 1969Present 1976Present 1938Present 1941Present 1938Present 1949Present 1962Present 1936Present 1982Present 1992Present 2000Present 1949Present 1983Present 1950Present 2005Present 1990Present 2003Present 1985Present 2011Present 1948Present 2005Present 1971Present 2006Present 1994Present 1936Present 1998Present 1936Present 1984Present 1955Present 1949Present 1988Present 1964Present 1947Present 1936Present 1936Present 1993Present 1969Present 1948Present 1936Present 1992Present 1979Present active licensed PEs to demonstrate continuous self-improvement and education. The cornerstone of any ABET/EAC accredited engineering program is a high-quality faculty. ABET does list Professional Engineering licensure as one of the methods for determining faculty competency. One ABET/EAC curriculum criterion requires that students are prepared through a major design experience incorporating appropriate engineering standards. Candidates for licensure need to be well acquainted with engineering standards as preparation for the October 2015 PE examination. materials engineering programs, ABET/EAC requires coverage of the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials.The October 2015 metallurgical and materials PE examination is organized according to these four elements. Earning a degree from an ABET/ EAC accredited engineering program assures a strong start toward becoming a Professional Engineer. A degree from an educational institution with an unaccredited engineering program may cost the aspiring candidate hundreds of fees and two or more years delay along the pathway to professional engineering licensure. Acknowledgements The authors would like to thank: Tim Miller, NCEES Director of Exam Service; Jason Gamble, NCEES Exam Development Engineer; and TMS Professional Registration Committee colleagues who took the time to review this article. Please direct any questions related to the content of this article to TMSCommitteeChair_ . Henry J. White, CB&I, is the Past Chair, TMS Professional Registration Committee, and Michael Burns, Stress Engineering Services, is the current Professional Registration Committee Chair. Deborah Fourney, Metallurgical Technologies Inc., is Professional Registration Committee Vice Chair.


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The Metallurgical and Materials Professional Engineering Examination: October 2015 and Beyond, JOM, 2014, 2208-2211, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-014-1169-7